Dublin City Council have voted to seek an urgent meeting with Minister for Housing - Cllr Daithí Doolan
Speaking during tonight's city council budget debate, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council housing committee, said:
"Dublin City Council is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney. Dublin is sinking ever deeper in to an unprecedented housing crisis. Tonight's housing budget is totally inadequate. We need less spin and more action from Minister Coveney. To date, despite his huffing and puffing no money has been released for our house building programme in Dublin.
"Dublin City Council has detailed plans to build homes on 23 sites across the city. These sites include O'Devaney Gardens, St. Michale's and Oscar Traynor which if funded have the potential to provide essential social, affordable and private housing for the city.
"NAMA also needs to play its part. NAMA has 2,567 acres of land in Dublin, this can provide 18,000 homes. It is essential that it plays a central role in tackling the housing crisis. NAMA can not sit on these land banks while homeless families languish in B&Bs and hotels. They must contributes to the solution
"Tonight's motion call on the Minister for Housing to immediately allocate adequate capital funding to this Council to provide the social housing urgently required to address the housing crisis in our City. We seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Housing at which he must set out the required increased capital allocation for housing for Dublin City Council."